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MBB Bölkow BO.105
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PH-RPZ MBB BO.105 CBS-4 c/n S-777 - Politie Luchtvaart Dienst - at "de Es" in Emmen, Holland - 13 June 2006 Dutch police aircraft

The MBB Bo.105 is a five-seat lightweight, general-purpose helicopter. Development of the Bo.105 started back in 1959 when Bölkow designed the Bo.103 helicopter. The Bo.103 single-seat flew first on 14 September 1961. The two-seat Bo.104 followed this study-project. Due to marketing reasons this project was stopped in favour of the five-seat Bo.105. Design work for the Bo.105 began in July 1962. Construction of the first of three prototypes began in 1964. The first Bo.105 prototype D-HAKO s/n V-1 was destroyed in ground tests and written off in October 1966. The second machine, D-HECA s/n V-2, was powered by two 317shp Allison 250C18 turboshafts and on 16 February 1967, the BO105 took off for its maiden flight in Ottobrunn (near Munich), Germany. On 14 May 1969, Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm GmbH (MBB) was formed and development of the Bo.105 continued with the first production BO-105A, D-HABV s/n S-1, flying on 11 April 1970. The breakthrough came in 1974 when the German Army ordered the BO 105 as a connection and observation helicopter. In January 1992, the MBB Bo 105 became part of the large helicopters types row of Eurocopter when the helicopter divisions of MBB from Germany and Aerospatiale from France merged to form the Eurocopter Group. In 1993, the BO 105 CBS with a 25cm fuselage stretch and extra window was certificated. Over the years, license agreements for the BO105 CB/CBS versions with the Philippines, Indonesia and Spain were concluded, and for the BO105 LS, a cooperation agreement with Canada. Until production ended in 2001, as the BO105 was superseded by Eurocopter’s EC135, a total of 1,406 BO105s had been delivered to 55 customer nations.

As a result of the merger between the Eurocopter parents Aérospatiale-Matra; DaimlerChrysler Aerospace (DASA) and Construcciones Aeronàuticas Sociedad Anonima (CASA) in July 2000, the Eurocopter group became a division of the new formed EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space company). Taking off into 2014, EADS was rebranded as "Airbus Group". Uniting all its activities under a single brand, its helicopter division Eurocopter was rebranded as Airbus Helicopters on 8 January 2014.

The 1988-built MBB BO.105CBS s/n S-777 flew first with the registration D-HDYM. In February 1988, the helicopter was registered as D-HNWJ and operated with the Polizei Nordrhein-Westfalen as ‘Hummel 10’. After the Polizei Nordrhein-Westfalen withdrew the helicopter from use in 2005, it returned to Eurocopter Germany in Donauwörth and received the ECD registration D-HTSC. On 28 March 2006, the MBB BO.105CBS-4 was delivered as D-HTSC to the Politie Luchtvaart Dienst at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. On 5 April 2006, the aircraft was registered PH-RPZ with Politie Luchtvaart Dienst, Schiphol-Oost. On 16 February 2008, the PH-RPZ was damaged in a landing incident when the mainrotor hit a lamppost at the Turfmarkt in Haarlem. On 4 November 2008, Dutch Police' MBB BO.105CBS-4 PH-RPZ was registered with KLPD Dienst Luchtvaart Politie, Schiphol. Early 2010, all seven MBB Bo.105's in service with the KLPD Dienst Luchtvaart Politie were withdrawn from use. The helicopters were offered for sale by Domeinen and stored at Domeinen in Soesterberg. In September 2010, the Bo.105's were transported to the Heli Holland heliport near Emmen and stored. The PH-RPZ was registered with the new owner B M Aviation B.V., Amstelveen, on 5 November 2010. In December 2010, BO.105CBS-4 PH-RPZ departed to Papua New Guinea and registration PH-RPZ was cancelled as exported to Papua New Guinea on 16 February 2011. In Papua New Guinea, the helicopter was registered P2-LAE with Manolos Aviation, Rabaul, East New Britain Province. On 7 July 2011, MBB Bo.105CBS P2-LAE, sustained an uncontained engine failure in one of its Rolls-Royce 250-C20B engines. A fire consumed the helicopter following a forced landing. The aircraft was substantially damaged and the two occupants were not injured.

In 2009, two AgustaWestland AW139 Long Nose configuration and six Eurocopter EC135 P2+ helicopters replaced the MBB Bölkow BO-105s in service with the KLPD Dienst Luchtvaart Politie. On 21 July, the first two of the EC135 P2+ helicopters, PH-PXA and PH-PXB, arrived at Schiphol East and the first of the AW139 helicopters, PH-PXZ, arrived 13 October 2009.

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